ICC Note: According to reports, a seventh grade student, Jordan Wooley, of a Texas junior high school was told by her teacher to deny God or fail an assignment. The assignment had students label statements as either facts or opinions and one of the statements at hand was, “There is a God.” When Wooley and multiple other students objected to the teacher by saying that it was a fact, they were told that they would fail the assignment unless they changed their answers. After an investigation took place, the assignment was eliminated, but the teacher claims that she was unfairly vilified and her intentions were misconstrued.
By Heather Clark
10/28/2015 Untied States (Christian News Network) – A Texas teen says that her teacher told students this week that they must deny God in their reading class or fail the assignment.
Jordan Wooley, a seventh grade student at West Memorial Junior High School in Katy, spoke before the school board Monday night to tell her story.
“Today I was given an assignment in school that questioned my faith and told me that God was not real,” she said. “Our teacher had started off saying that the assignment had been giving problems all day. We were asked to take a poll to say whether God is fact, opinion or a myth and she told anyone who said fact or opinion was wrong and God was only a myth.”
The assignment provided several statements about various subjects, and asked students to classify them as either a factual claim, a commonplace assertion or an opinion. The statement at issue simply said, “There is a God.”
Wooley said that a number of students objected to her teacher’s assertions that God was a myth, but the teacher would not have it.
“She started telling kids they were completely wrong and that when kids argued we were told we would get in trouble,” she stated. “When I tried to argue [in favor of God’s existence], she told me to prove it.”
Wooley explained that one of her friends, who went home crying, wrote on her paper that God was fact, but her answer was marked as being incorrect.
“She turned in her paper, and she had still put that God was a fact and to be true, and my teacher crossed the answer out several times to tell her it was completely wrong,” she said.